Just a bit of food for thought? What is your opinon?
BTW, the majority of people that I've seen advocate for the Atkin's Diet out here have been obviously overweight, constantly sickly, and from my experience generally ignorant folks, that alone made me skeptical of the plan. (I had four people recommend doing that instead of "wasting my time" at L3L in classes.) I'm not a big fan of meat to start with so it was a no-brainer for me, but it bothers me that so many people have bought into this plan with all of the research and data showing how dangerous such a diet can be. My trainer came to me to "test my knowledge" the other day with a diet plan given to one of her new clients by his doctor. He has to lose 50 pounds FAST due to health concerns, including heart problems. It was essentially the Atkin's plan. The thing was that they had a guy who has clogged arteries on a plan that gives him BACON. Um, hello??? Bacon for a guy waiting for bypass surgery? Nevermind he would be an idiot from the no carbs portion of it and unable to function, they were giving him a diet prescription for death. He was happy with the doc's recommendations and less so with the plan that she drew up, duh... Ok, so let's wrap this rant up. If you want to lose weight, cutting 3500 calories with drop a pound. The question is HOW do you want to lose weight? Do you want to deprive your body of what it should be getting and put yourself at risk or do you want to learn the concept of balance and do an overall shave of calories to get there? It is a matter of personal opinion and preference, I'll take the balance and let the Atkin's people clog their arteries til their little hearts burst!
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Personally, I'd still never do it. I'm a firm believer in balance and I love my carbs, simple and complex! I'm interested, though, that nobody's talking about Atkins being hard on the kidneys anymore....I'd heard that was refuted, but never saw any data.
So that's my two cents!
P.S. Just found an article from our local NBC station on the same subject: http://www.nbc5.com/health/2097961/detail.htmlEdited 4/9/2003 1:04:28 PM ET by judie_rae
it's not new news that people on the atkins diet often experience lowered blood pressure or improved cholesterol. that doesn't mean the diet isn't unhealthy. it's commonly thought that those are short term benefits resulting from weight loss (due to restricted calories) but are outweighed in the long term by the harm from the dietary cholesterol, high-protein intake, etc. etc.
What kills me is how long diabetics have been successfully losing fat & maintaining that loss despite feeling like they're eating twice as much as they did prior to diagnosis. Drs. that treat diabetes have known for years that eating a wide variety of foods in small amounts at frequent intervals not only help their patients lose fat & maintain that loss, but lowers their blood pressure & cholesteral levels, regulates their blood sugar/insulin levels & increases energy levels. Why did it take the rest of the world so long to catch on & why do we still have people jumping on the bandwagon of every crazy diet that comes along? What particularly scares me is that the Atkins' diet has continued to be popular. People are more concerned w/ quick fixes and thinness than their health. Do these people have any idea whatsoever what this teaches their kids, not only about eating habits, but self-image & self-esteem? Aargh!
Sorry. I'm done my rant now.